Part 3 15 August 2012
My challenge for last weekend was to jump in the deep end and solder bezel settings onto rings. I had done some practice soldering rings from copper but hadn't tried using more expensive metal so I started off my adventure using 8g half round sterling silver wire and made a number of rings for myself.
What I really wanted to do though was solder a bezel setting onto a ring. I had a few purchased bezel settings so I thought I would prefer to ruin them rat...
Part 2 August 2012
I chose a poppy jasper and morrisonite cabochon for this piece.
I designed on paper then made a template out of cardboard
including the jump rings, to check balance, size and appearance.
I textured the round piece of silver plate using a hammer then decided I preferred
it plain. My solution was to use this as a feature on the back of the piece instead.
The silver plate was fil...
Part 1 ~ 24th July 2012
The thing I love about jewellery making is that there is so much more to learn. I am 54 years old and I figure I have at least 20 more years of good eye sight, hands that work and a brain that can follow instruction left. That is an awesome amount of time for creativity, new discovery and exploration.
So today is the beginning...Soldering is my new challenge and I was excited to read in Lapidary Journal Dec 2009 Helen Driggs advice to practice making the four bas...